We are delighted to share the news that Dr Ronald Cohn, the head of the DRF’s Scientific Advisory Board, has been appointed President and CEO of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada (known as ‘Sick Kids’), effective 1 May 2019.

Dr Cohn is currently Paediatrician-in-Chief at Sick Kids, and Chair of the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto.

He is a renowned clinician and researcher, and has worked tirelessly as head of our SAB since the charity’s inception in 2007. We extend our congratulations on this well deserved position.

Sick Kids’ announcement highlights Dr Cohn’s significant contributions to strategic initiatives at the hospital, including:

The creation of a Child Health Institute to advance a unified voice for applied child health research, including improvements in access and quality of care, policy influence and knowledge translation; accelerating improvements in disease treatment and prevention through a Precision Child Health Strategy, informed by cutting-edge technology (such as artificial intelligence, genomics, advanced imaging and innovative procedures); and the implementation of a year-year strategic plan for the Department of Paediatrics focused on excellence in clinical care, research, and education, while improving equity, diversity and inclusion.

Click here to read the full announcement.

Click here to learn more about Dr Cohn’s ground-breaking gene editing research to tackle Duchenne muscular dystrophy.